Hyderabad for Destinasian

Here is a story I wrote for Destinasian magazine. Hyderabad

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Immutable Madras for House Beautiful

A silvery dawn was shrouding Madras when my husband and I landed. I got off the plane and gulped in great mouthfuls of air, revelling in its moist, tropical heaviness. This was South India where you could touch the air, smell the earth, and drink the rain (if the monsoons were on time). This was…

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Silverkris: Singapore Airlines Inflight magazine: Tamilnadu Travel

All-Rounded Tamil Nadu Temples and tradition may be its enduring image, but there’s a lot more to this South Indian state now, says Chennai girl Shoba Narayan. From designer shopping to organic tea and artist enclaves, the state is dancing to a whole new Carnatic beat. The thought occurred as I watched a grandmother, clad…

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Singapore Fling: For Condenast Traveler

SINGAPORE FLING So much to do, so little time—at least if you’re Shoba Narayan. Her manic mission: to wring the most out of this nonstop island-nation in just forty-eight hours. Let her loss (of sleep) be your gain—and guide Published July 2005 Staid, chaste, strict, small—Singapore has heard it all. But this island-nation of 4.2…

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Return to Chennai for British Airways High Life Magazine

Return to Chennai August 2009 PAGE 1 OF 2 Shoba Narayan returns to her home town of Chennai and takes a trip to the mystical yet mercantile city of Pondicherry, home to a utopian community with a difference The holy elephant Lakshmi’s morning tour of the city is one of its traditional rituals Eric Martin/Figarophoto/Camera…

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Coonoor and Nilgiris: A Higher Calling: Destinasian Magazine Feb 2009 issue

A Higher Calling The cool Blue Mountains of Tamil Nadu may not be as sedate as they were a generation ago, but they’re still a very special place, as one returning devotee discovers By Shoba Narayan Photographs by Martin Westlake Residents of the Nilgiris will tell you that the highlands they call home have good…

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Nilgiris, Blue Mountains: Destinasian March 2009

A Higher Calling While not as sedate as they were a generation ago, the cool Blue Mountains of Tamil Nadu are still a very special place, as one returning devotee discovers between visits to tea estates and hill stations story by Shoba Narayan photographs by Martin Westlake Residents of the Nilgiris will tell you that…

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